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Table 1 Patient characteristics: asked to delay vs not asked to delay

From: Women with symptoms of uncomplicated urinary tract infection are often willing to delay antibiotic treatment: a prospective cohort study

Characteristic Asked by gp Not asked by gp p value
  n (%) missing (n) n (%) missing (n)  
Total 137 (100)   39 (100)   
History        
mean age in years (range) 42 (16–89) 3 37 (16–70) 5 0.11
duration of symptoms > 1 day 95 (69) 5 23 (59) 4 0.26
at least considerable frequency 86 (63) 3 19 (49) 4 0.12
at least considerable pain 66 (48) 3 11 (28) 4 0.03
any vaginal irritation 57 (42) 3 15 (38) 5 0.72
at least 1 UTI ever diagnosed 106 (77) 4 27 (69) 5 0.30
patient thinks she has a UTI 122 (89) 3 23 (59) 5 0.00
Stick        
nitrite positive 47 (34) 1 12 (31) 1 0.68
blood ≥ 1+ 85 (62) 1 27 (69) 0 0.41
leucocytes ≥ trace 114 (83) 1 27 (69) 1 0.05
Culture        
culture positive 84 (61) 6 19 (49) 1 0.16
  1. Of the 176 included patients, 137 were asked by their GP to delay antibiotic treatment and 39 were not. Women who reported at least considerable pain and women who thought they had a UTI were more likely to be asked to delay antibiotic treatment.